Mendenhall Inn
Mendenhall Inn

Mendenhall Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mendenhallinn.com/
  • Phone: 6103881181x
  • 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 8889864184
  • Entertainment: Please visit us at www.mendenhallinn.com
  • Special Events: 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 WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Mendenhall Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (65)romantic (45)great for brunch (30)fit for foodies (23)neighborhood gem (19)good for groups (17)great for outdoor dining (10)notable wine list (7)great for lunch (6)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Delicious Lobster
    jmarie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We specifically went for lobster night because the friend who accompanied my husband and myself loves lobster. She was very happy with the two delicious tails as were we. Salads were crisp and fresh. Bananas foster and peach melba were definitely special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    FoodandNistaVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Mendenhall has always been our go to place. Especially when we want to relax and enjoy our meal. Brunch is always good and in general the food is good. We arrived for a 12:30pm reservation knowing they close their Brunch at 2pm. Unfortunately, because of that (perhaps) there was virtually no desserts available except a few that had been obviously picked over. When we first went to the buffet tables all of the smoked fish was gone. Just bones left. They were never replaced. We will still continue to go to the Mendenhall but perhaps re-think the time we arrive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ClaymontDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    When you enter the Inn, many scented candles create a wonderful atmosphere. The food is very good, with a great selection. The lobster tail was done perfectly and the filet was also excellent. Our only wish was we had room for dessert, the banana's foster looked great, but we were full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We used to love this place. It was very different this time. From how we were greeted to the service, to the meal itself, it was mediocre.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as always
    Bill
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food is excellent and the service matches. You can't have a bad meal at the Mendenhall Inn. It's always enjoyable to visit this great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I took a client and my staff for dinner at the Mendenhall Inn on Lobster Night. We started the evening with a variety of appetizers: snapper soup, clams casino, Long Island oysters. All were excellent. Most of our table ordered the rock lobster tail which was cooked to perfection. The salmon, crab cakes, filet and duck were top shelf as well. The wine list, though not extensive, offered enough of a range of wines and prices to choose nice selections for pairing with our meals. Tasty desserts capped off the evening: Strawberries Mendenhall and the Lava Volcano Cake were our favorites. Service slowed a bit after dinner and it took a while to close out our bill but our expereince at the Mendenhall Inn was an excellent one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great surprise .
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I had not been thee for several years so we thought we would give it a try over Labor Day weekend. Are we glad we did. The wine by the bottle is very reasonable. The calamari appatizer was great and the crab cake dinner excellent. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable!
    Tink
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We came for the "Be your own chef" (Tuesday evenings). Good welcome, nice table affable wait staff. (Jamie). My husband ordered stuffed mushrooms with crabmeat and also scallops. These came with green beans and garlic mashed potatoes. All very tasty. I ordered the portabello mushrooms with balsamic vinegar (thought I was ordering mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat...my error) and the cab cake. The crab cake was terrific! Will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch
    anniedave
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Lovely ambience, outstanding appetizer buffet, beautifully presented, delicious food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tough Decisions
    jmarie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our party of four was unanimous in that we need to return to try more of the menu selections. So many sounded appealing! We each enjoyed the dishes we chose and wound up sharing in order to sample more. The calamari was the best we have had anywhere. It's hard to say what the favorite entrée turned out to be but we all enjoyed the special tableside preparation of Irish coffee as we shared dessert. We have decided emphatically that we must return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AngelVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is what fine-dining used to be. As soon as we walked in the door we felt welcome and relaxed. The food is still delicious, prepared and served to perfection. This is one of our favorites. We shall return. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surf 'n turf dinner
    doublej
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Lovely table, good service. We went for the Thursday special surf 'n turf. Lobster tail delicious, veggies good, prime rib chewy. Brought our own wine - they provide cooler and no corking fee during the week. Will go back and try other special nights.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BYOB confusion
    dick
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our party of seven for dinner was on a Wednesday night in August (there was a relative small quiet dinner crowd). I decided on this restaurant because of its central location to our guests. I also liked their "Theme Nite" because it offered a BYOB for a couple, but the entrée was limited to one or two dishes. Two of us decided on the "Theme Nite" entrée and I had brought one bottle for our BYOB. The other five guests ordered from the menu. Because these five did not order a "Theme Nite" entrée, I assumed they did not qualify for the BYOB. I later learned from the waiter that I could have brought three and1/2 bottles of wine, even though the other five guests did not order the "Theme Nite" entrée.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JillianG2015
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We went out for my grandmothers 85th birthday. We have a great time and our server was amazing! The only thing I would've changed is how long it was to get our food. People who ordered soups were finished well before the people who ordered salads. Other than how long it took to get our food, it was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    dedel
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Everything from the steak to the lobster to the dessert was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At the Mendenhall Inn
    AnniversaryCelebrant
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service was prompt, courteous, and efficient, without being rushed. The food was cooked to perfection. The filet was tender and well seasoned. The crab cake I ordered was among the best I've ever had (and I am from the Chesapeake Bay country). Overall, our evening at the Mendenhall Inn was a pleasant one.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old faithful
    mjspausa
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The Mendenhall has been around for many years, and we have found it to be consistently reliable. We just had dinner there with out of town guests and we were all very pleased with our meals and the service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Evening
    NightMare
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This dinner made our first wedding Anniversary extremely special. Our waiter, Andy, was amazing and helped make it a wonderful experience. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scott
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Phenominal brunch. No weak points. Food was superior. Our server was so-so, not the friendliest sort, but got the job done. Beutiful location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Great Brunch
    VanntasticVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This was our second brunch here. Service started off a little rocky but once we were able to have our previous server, it was smooth sailing. Ashlee is very pleasant and attentive. She made our brunch a great experience. The crabcake was delicious again. Best champagne brunch around!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A wonderful dinner...
    Kathleen
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had a nice dining experience. All the staff was very friendly. Our server was very attentive. Dinner was delicious...notably my husband's Filet Mignon. I had the special...flounder with crab imperial. It was very good...but not as flavorful as I expected. Excellent red blend wine, Sterling Vintners...so glad they offer 5 oz or 8 oz pours. Wished we'd had time for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Sea Bass!
    Tink
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our salads and entrees were all excellent. We ordered a bottle of white wine and it was presented at room temperature! We had already had it poured but did ask for a wine cooler for the remainder. This was disappointing.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • L. Rivera
    Lenny
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Our Server, Billy, was very friendly and attentive. He did an excellent job. My sea bass was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best brunch around
    L1sa
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We try to always gather here for birthday brunches. The food never disappoints and the staff are very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Bag
    ExperiencedDiner
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was very good, although not exceptional, for the price. The waiter had a good attitude and was eager to please, but seemed overwhelmed with the number of tables he was covering and there were some major service delays: time to get our glasses of wine (10+ minutes) and especially time to get the check, which involved two mix-ups and probably 20 minutes to resolve. We were aware of other tables around us that simultaneously had similar issues. The dining showed some unsightly deferred renovation/maintenance, particularly on the ceiling, with apparent patches--not what I expect in a higher-end restaurant. They offer wines by the glass but don't have them listed for some reason--maybe so you are encouraged to order bottles instead.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything good but the food
    George
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Service was outstanding in every respect. Server was very attentive, polite and caring. Could not have been better. The ambience was very good, quiet, well decorated, and pleasant to ear and eye. On the other hand, the food was poor. We had the surf and turf with lobster and roast beef which was the theme night special. The meats were poor quality and appeared to be left overs. The mashed potatoes were most likely from a box. The green beans were the bright spot of the meal. Now, this is not a bargain restaurant and for expensive meals, we expected much better food than we were served. We will not be returning to this restaurant because there are many other better choices in the area.
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  • Wonderful Celebration Location
    Terry
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    For the 2nd consecutive year my husband and I enjoyed celebrating Father's Day with our children at Mendenhall Inn. This second experience was better than our first.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mermaid
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Wondetful experience. Staff and food outstanding. Beautiful Father's Day brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleased
    Spikester
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was outstanding. Price is considered to be reasonable for what is offered. Extremely large menu to choose your favorite seafood or meat selection. Presentation was outstanding. Service was average. Would return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I have not seen a restaurant with this level of service in a long time, from entry to exit, fantastic. We felt as if we were on a cruise or vacation at a much better price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive
    Yummy
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    A cup of coffee was $3.50. That was for aregular cup of coffee. If you wanted a specialty coffee it was$10.00. The menu was nothing special. Food quality was fair.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very memorable event
    LOVECHADDSFORD
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had a romantic dinner for two. It was a special occasion and I could not think of a happier place and time to celebrate with dinner. Everything was delicious and the service was supreme. It was a formal dinner, and it was amazing. Thank you
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The Mendenhall Inn restaurant was exceptional. As a guest in the Inn, obviously the proximity to our accommodations was most convenient. The ambiance was delightful, old world charm yet with all the modern amenities. Our meal was superbly prepared, presented and was most pleasing to our palate. A vast menu provided something for everyone and the specials offered throughout the week presented a nice alternative. We enjoyed our experience very much and would highly recommend your restaurant. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistently good
    Jhw1225
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food was great and so was service. Parking was a challenge. Used to have valet parking and there wasn't any this time. When other events are simultaneously going on, they need to somehow improve the parking situation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-anniversary Dinner
    Heather
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We dined here for our pre-wedding/pre-anniversary dinner on May 30, and we loved every minute of our experience. We wanted to see how the food was since we booked our wedding there. From the service, to the food, everything was exceptional. I had the chilean sea bass shrimp scampi and my fiance had the prime rib. Couldn't have asked for a better meal. I took 1/2 of my meal home and then we had the peanut butter bombe. Half of that came home with me too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience
    Greg
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My wife and I have been to the Mendenhall on many occasions. It's always a great experience. The meals were very well prepared and tasted great. The service was impeccable as usual. We look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional American
    RatherBeMountainBikingVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My wife and I had a very nice, romantic anniversary dinner. The restaurant had a very traditional, American menu. We're in her 50s and there were only a few people younger than us there. We normally don't order dessert, but were intrigued by the flame bananas Foster. It was lots of fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 954 reviews are from the Mendenhall Inn reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Our first evening at the Mendenhall in a long time. The food and service were excellent. Wine selections were very good and quite reasonable in price. We'll be back for some of the special evenings and offerings in the coming weeks. The snapper soup and duck are outstanding! You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic experience
    DanH
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We were there on a Monday evening so they were not very busy. We had a chance to chat with our server, who was very engaging. Mendenhall Inn has a comfortable, homey ambiance.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal! We'll be back!!
    Joan
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Four of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals! The food was excellent - served hot & delicious - beautiful presentations. The wait staff was attentive & helpful. Very reasonable prices!! Our friends had never been there before - they loved it!! A beautiful location & charming dining rooms. A great place for a small party - you'd get your own dining room!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.