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Mother in Law House
Mother in Law House

Mother in Law House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.motherinlawhouse.com
  • Email: bob@motherinlawhouse.com
  • Phone: (636) 946-9444
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our banquet room seats up to 80 people and is available for all manner of events.
  • Private Party Contact: Donna (636) 946-9444

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tompkins
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Some street parking is available at the front of the restaurant, with a large public lot in the rear.
A word from Mother in Law House
Fine Dining in a Casual atmosphere with friendly service. Enjoy your meal in our Victorian dining room or our river-view patio. The entrées at the Mother-in-Law House are prepared to order and made from the best ingredients. The owner, Donna Hafer, has been pleasing guest here since 1981.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Blueberry Muffins and Salad Bar were great. Very friendly and personal staff."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We've been dinning at The Mother In Law for years and will do so as long as it's in business. We love the food, the attention givin to the customers and the history of the area. For us it's a place to go to get away from the business and noise of other restaurants we go to. It's our "Special Gettaway Place."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The restaurant was very nice. It was a good intimate dining room. The woman that owns it was very hospitable. I would definitely recommend this to any one going on a date night. I know I will be back. We both loved it! !"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Almost everyone in the place was older and it seems that most were regulars. We felt a little out of place. The food was fine and it was certainly quiet. The owner walking around handing out muffins and side dishes was a nice touch. I thought it was overpriced for what it is, though."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "For homestyle 5 star meals nothings beats Donna's cooking."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I've said this before about a a couple of restaurants, but here is one that rises to really quaint in all senses of the word. Old, established, comfort food oriented, homey, gosh you name it: this little place is an original gem. The owner, Donna patrols the dining room with hot blueberry muffins, and HUGE slices of Coconut cream pie. They have a signature rice dish-interesting but not killer-and the usual potatoes, and veg. Yes there's a salad bar with old world (think of your German relatives) relishes and creamy poppy seed dressing. They have very traditional entrees, salmon, beef, pork, done in traditional ways. This place is on the smaller side so I'd suggest a reservation, and I'd also suggest that you check it out."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This is a very historic home pre-civil war and for the last thirty years a local restaurant. If you are look for something other national change restaurant, warm and charming. The food was excellent four stars for our group. Tellie"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Terrific food - Great portions - Wonderful service - Treated as though we were part of the family - My wife had the cranberry pork special and I had the Filet Mignon, both were excellent - The Coconut Cream Pie rounded out the perfect meal."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This place is great for dinner with your significant other."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was disappointed in the entrees. I had a strip steak that was tough. My wife had the special "primed rib, and it was a very thin cut, which resulted in being over cooked. It was Valentines, so I was hoping for a more special setting. The venue is very old, the hostess (I believe she may be the owner) was very nice, but our server wasn't very efficient. I liked the salad bar items, but don't really like having to serve myself. Would suggest they ask you what you would like from the salad bar."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went here for the first time for Valentines day and was very impressed! I did not feel that they were over priced for something special. The atmosphere, food, and the kindness of the owner made it feel like home! Well worth anothe trip!!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I asked my wife where she'd like to eat for Valentine's day and Mother in Law House was her first choice. It had been a while since we'd eaten there but true to form the food was Great and the service was Outstanding. Thanks for a great time!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The food, wait staff and ambiance were all excellent. It is refreshing to have lunch without a TV blaring and intruding upon conversations. The owner, Donna Hafer, makes it a point to greet her guests and is genuinely warm and caring. The members of our group all loved our dining experience and are returning next month."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The Mother in Law House is located in pre 1800 house which reportedly has a ghost (the Mother in Law ?) who occasionally has been seen. The dining experience is very "homestyle" with the owner, Donna, coming by your table to serve vegetables and side dishes. The dining room is very small and intimate. The food is delicious as is the wine. It is all very romantic!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Food quality ranged from fair to very good. The service, hospitality and charm more than made up for it though! We felt as if we had been invited into someone's home the way the owners treated us, amazingly friendly!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This is the first restaurant I have ever been too where you can talk to the owner and get served by her! Her rice, carrots and especially the muffins are to die for!! Every item on the menu I have tried is delicious! Their salad bar has many great dishes."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I rathered enjoyed the atmosphere that I was being taken care by the staff from the owner down. I always enjoy when members of thestaff take time to check on you and talk about the history of the rrestaurant. Plus the food was very good."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "One of our party found a bit of plastic in her onion soup ..... The rest of our group enjoyed the salad bar, warm muffins, the hamburger and chicken cor don bleu! Would definitely return in spite of the soup issue ...."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "This is my favorite place to go during Christmas. The staff (although always extremely busy) is gracious and addresses your needs immediately. I love the charm of the owner, greeting you at your table and providing you one of her homemade muffins. She makes you feel at home and no matter what stress your day may have brought she seems to be able to set a calming atmosphere with just a muffin and her smile. I have been here many times and no matter what I order the food tastes like a homemade meal and is always very good. I have never been disappointed. What else could you want with the great ambiance of the charming Mother In Law house, wonderful food, great service and the genuine welcome each person gets from the owner."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Great service.. Friendly atmosphere... Feel like you've come home for a dinner at Mom's."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "One of my only complaints is that I wish the overall portions were larger for the price. The bowl of soup I received (vegetable beef) was highly delicious, but I feel it was more of a "cup" sized portion rather than a bowl. An exception is the coconut cream pie slices. They come in moderately large slices and are fantastic. The dining area is exceedingly lovely and gives one a very old fashioned nostalgia. The waitstaff is impressively attentive and polite. The main hostess makes you feel very welcomed and expresses sincerity when making sure you are comfortable- she even asked if the room temperature was too our liking. If I want to take a dear friend or family member to dinner again I will return."
    Dined on 10/23/2013