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Mendenhall Inn
Mendenhall Inn

Mendenhall Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mendenhallinn.com
  • Email: sdenk@mendenhallinn.com
  • Phone: (610) 388-1181
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm;
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
    Lunch:
    December 1st - 23rd (only): Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 3:00pm
    (Closed for Lunch January - November)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Chapin
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Mendenhall Catering
  • Private Party Facilities: From an intimate dinner for 12 to a function of 300, The Mendenhall Inn's professional Sales team will guide you in creating a once in a lifetime event with award-winning entrees & impeccable service.
  • Private Party Contact: Sales Office (888) 986-4184
  • Entertainment: Please visit us at www.mendenhallinn.com
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please visit us at www.mendenhallinn.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hillendale
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Parking
A word from Mendenhall Inn
Dining at the award winning Mendenhall Inn stands alone as one of the great destinations in the Brandywine Valley as you return to a time of classic elegance & charm. Entrees borrowed from French & classic American cuisine make dining at The Mendenhall Inn a truly memorable experience.
Chef's creative daily specials!
Theme night menus and special prices!
Happy Hour and Tavern Menu Specials Monday - Friday nights!
Outside Dinner (Seasonal)
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "Pleasant experience. Great service, great meal. Wonderful place for a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We love this Inn, in fact we have hosted two wedding here. The food is wonderful, the nightly specials are great, we love coming here."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The Mendenhall Inn's food and service are outstanding. The dining room is elegant without being stuffy. I highly recommend dinner at the Mendenhall Inn."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Outstanding brunch! Better than any other I've been to."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We went to the Mendenhall Inn on Friday evening for a special dinner with my parents, husband, siblings & their spouses. Everything was special from the moment we were seated at our table. The setting is absolutely beautiful - very quiet and elegant. Our server, Andy, was THE BEST! He was efficient & charming.The food was superb; they had a $28 prix fixe dinner which included perfectly cooked prime rib, delicious mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, a large salad and a choice of yummy desserts (I had the dark chocolate truffle, which was amazing!). We were not at all rushed and felt welcome to sit and have a leisurely visit. I will definitely consider the Mendenhall Inn at the top of my list for special occasions or just a nice evening out."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Food was delicious, but i wish people would leave their crying babies at home. We liked the piped-in music much better than the too-loud harpist from last visit, but the music could be at a lower volume. Next time, we will eat in the bar, which will take care of the crying baby issue and even saves a few dollars. All-in-all, a very nice brunch spot."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Dining at the Mendenhall is a reminder of the types of restaurants our parents took us to in the 1960s for special occasions. We went on a Friday evening and there were only a few other diners in a large dining room. The parking lot was full from a wedding and rehearsal dinner taking place elsewhere on site. We had a young server who was trying very hard to please us, although his banter was occasionally awkward. The food is also old school but well prepared. My husband and son had two different salads each topped with grilled salmon. The portions were huge and the salmon was fresh and cooked perfectly. I had the vegetable platter which was tasty but unexciting. The soup du jour, Maryland Crab, which was a tad over-salted but a huge bowl."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food was delicious and plentiful and the servers very accommodating, even carrying my soup to the table when I had a full plate in my hand. The cream cheese/toffee bar was out of this world! We went to celebrate my mother's birthday and she had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Very nice cuisine and atmosphere. People were very respectable and one commented how beautiful the woman in my life looked! Definitely will come again for the atmosphere, cuisine and people."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The Mendenhall Inn is one of my favorites for brunch, for groups and for families. I've been coming here for years and it is always a welcoming and delicious experience. The display of food is abundant and diverse, something to suit everyone. And the stations add drama to the meal as well. When my grandson(aged 21/2) wanted just a banana, the waiter put on gloves, peeled it for him and placed it on his plate. He proudly carried it back to the table and announced his joy to the waitress. Thanks for a great experience!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "So many Brunch choices, one person could not possibly sample it all! I love that they have so much seafood. I would postpone ordering the 'entree' too early (included in Brunch). I questioned the waitress about the food coming out too early if we placed the order before enjoying the buffet. She insisted it would not.When we were served our entree, the plates were scorching hot (from waiting under heat lights) and my veggies & seafood were all shrivled and dry. Wonderful buffet food and atmosphere here, but I'm certain the waitstaff may have been recruited from a cheap diner. The water boy spilled water, consistently, in a trail after filling each glass! Over my Husbands Jacket, over my Brothers phone, over the food plates....."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We have dined here several times and this time we had the opportunity to bring our guests from New York (their first time) and everything was excellent"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We've been to Medenhall Inn several times this year and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Nice for special occasions. Food is not exotic, nicely presented."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I first visited this restaurant 3 years ago, and while the atmosphere is pleasant the food is mediocre. I can understand having a few "old standards" on the menu, but the menu lacks creativity. This is one of those places that could be so much more. This time we dined on a Friday night and the experience was middle of the road. The dining room would be a perfect venue for live music to give a more intimate feel. Low lights and candles only do so much. As mentioned before, the food was acceptable but nothing was outstanding. I feel this restaurant lacks good service. Almost each time I've visited, I've found the waitstaff to be immature and lacking knowledge. This time our waiter was unwilling to accomodte a request for a substitution."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I must say this was an amazing experience. It was our first time here and we were thoroughly impressed. The service was impeccable and the food was excellent. We attended the Sunday brunch and left completely stuffed and satisfied! We left the restaurant at around 1:30 in the afternoon and we were set for the rest of the day! No dinner for us that night! All we could s a y when we left there was "When are we going to be back?" Thank you Mendenhall."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Ate at restaurant one week ago (Saturday evening). The surf and turf (prime rib and lobster tail) was good. Brought the family back on last Sunday evening and ordered the prime ribs from the theme night menu. The prime rib was very fatty, dry and too well known (even though i ordered medium rare). It was certainly not cooked the same day. Most likely were left over from the weekend. I complained to the waitress but she didn't hear me and said the prime ribs looked kind of fatty. The service was very slow. Will not go back to the restaurant anymore. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Our dining experience was not that great. Our table would not balance and shifted each time we did. Water glasses were never filled yet constantly requested. Coffee was cold before cream and sweetner were delivered. Our meal was OK, but did not live up to the reviews that we read. Overall, very disappointed with Mendenahall Inn."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We were so delighted that we had been placed at the romantic table by the fireplace. We had dinner on Wednesday evening and that turned out to be lobster night. My husband had two stuffed lobster tails and I had two unstuffed lobster tails. The stuffing amount was quite large and actually made it seem as though there were two crab cakes in addition to the tails. Everything was prepared perfectly. The nice, warm rolls had a slight garlic flavor and were a bit crusty (but not too much) and that made them especially good with butter. Prior to lobster, my husband had a Caesar salad and I had a spinach salad. Both were delicious. We took home tiramisu to enjoy the next day. This is a lovely place and one to which we will return frequently."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Every time we visit the Mendenhall Inn we enjoy ourselves. The food is great, they pour a healthy drink, and the service is always efficient but not bothersome. They have quite a varied menu that should satisfy even the most picky eater. One observation of the quality is that this restaurant always seems to be full in their convention center and large banquet halls. If I counted correctly they had 2 large weddings this night but you would not have known from the service from the kitchen."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I used to love going to Mendenhall because there was a violin player and a piano player. We celebrated our anniversaries there. I will not be going back until they bring that element back. It is not really romantic anymore, just a nice place to go and eat. When I talk to a male waiter, he said that $200 a day was too much to pay for the musicians each day. Then he said the recession killed the musicians. I didn't understand such a comment because I paid $200 that night for just 3 dinners."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food choices for brunch were amazing. Food Quality 5 Star..Pleasant atmospher"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The service was a bit slow but the food and setting was great..."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food is always delicious, especially the French onion soup and filet. The service is prompt and courteous. You can bring a bottle of wine or order from their selections. Good location and atmosphere, too."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "What a nice restaurant. We got there early and spent some time at the bar. The bartender was extremely friendly and made great drinks. The ambience was excellent. We were seated right on time, which was surprising for a very busy "special occasion" night. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. The food was excellent and plentiful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at a very secluded table. My husband of 34 years and I still love to do romantic evenings. This was one."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was the second time my husband and I ate at Mendenhall and this experience was as good as the first, which was why we went back. the food is awesome and service is terrific. it was a romantic and quiet atmosphere. we will be going back as this is our new favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great place to dine! We enjoy frequenting this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have chosen Mendenhall Inn as our dining destination three times in the past 3 months and have never been disappointed. The food is fabulous with ambiance and service to match. Crab cakes and filets are exquisite! Fantastic variety of superb appetizers. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had a good brunch, there were 8 of us, and the space is very accommodating to large groups of people. Our waiter was excellent - kept our beverages full the entire time. Very good omelette and salad bar. The entree menu leaned on the seafood side for a "lunch" item, but still good options to pick from. Lamb chops were very good. Toaster available with the bagels, this is always a nice touch and am disappointed when I go to brunches that don't have this."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We haven't eaten here in 10 years and the restaurant is starting to show its age. It's very dated and in need of a facelift. It's a shame because the food and service was very good. My wife had the crabcakes and said they were excellent and I had the chilean sea bass special which was very good. After talking with the staff thay have plans to remodel soon and we will be back after that takes place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had dinner with friends and it was great as usual! Definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend there for Valentine's Day. First, they sat us in the sports bar area where we could hear the register go off every 5 seconds. Second, our waiter screwed up our order. Third, they wouldn't let me use my coupon after I called them, asked if I could, and they said yes. They clearly could not handle the demand on Valentine's Day. I went there earlier in the year and had a great experience. This time, not so much."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "When it is a special occasion this is where I want to go, but I ALWAYS want Andy as our waiter! He is the best! He is always right there when you need him and he remembers everything about us so as to serve us better."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The Brunch was fantastic, the service was superb, and the dining experience was par excellent!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Have been to the Mendenhall many times, but not in last 6 months. Had a discount coupon to use, so had dinner there on friday night. Had reservation. Service was very bad. Waited 20 min after seated to have someone take our drink order. Wait person was clearing the dishes next to our table, and was literally banging the dishes. Then appeitizer came out luke warm, supposed to be hot. Dinner was good. Other diners had complaints that night. Also, the brick floor was so cold, my feet were ice when got home. Used to be very upscale, now just so so. Not impressed."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The crab cakes were excellent...could taste nothing but lumps of crab...delicious!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "I wanted to treat my cherubs and grandcherubs to a post Christmas brunch. We had a wonderful family togetherness and a great variety of foods to tickle everyone's appetite. I plan on making this an annual event"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "A wonderful place to have dinner. The food is wonderful and at a extremely fair value."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "new to the area but this has become our goto restaurant"
    Dined on 1/11/2014