Great Carmel, Indiana Restaurant!
I visited the new Stanford's in Carmel, Indiana yesterday with my parents and we LOVE it! We have been going to Kincaid's for a long time and a lot of the reason is the amazing customer service from Laura Y. Laura had us hooked from day one as we felt at home and comfortable. Owning an extremely busy salon in Indianapolis, it's really nice to get away and visit a restaurant and be taken care in the way Laura always has! I feel like I am going on about her, but if you were to be taken care of by her, you would understand my need to express my gratitude for her amazing hospitality. Laura's passion for creating the perfect night out has been evident upon each visit. The ambiance is amazing, the food delicious and the staff was very friendly!
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
They just re-opened with the
They just re-opened with the new menu and I think they still have some wrinkles to work out, but once they do I think it will be great. Had some problems with the food preparation but they made it right.
4/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for an evening out
Menu is nice and varied. Great appetizer selection. Service was fast and friendly
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Menu has lots of options for everyone. Appreciate the variety. A bit crazy since we were there on prom night, although we still had a nice evening.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Mom's Day Lunch!
We really enjoyed having our family together for Mother's Day Lunch at Stanfords. The food and service were very good and portion sizes were large. The staff did a great job of treating the three mom's at our table quite well! Would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day brunch
I ordered calamari to share with my husband, and their vegetable fritatta, both of which were wonderful. Their breakfast potatoes were average at best. The service was slow, but they had just re-opened the restaurant, so I hope that will improve.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Happy Stanford is here
We are Stanford fans from the years we ate at the Tukwila, WA, location before moving out to Indiana in '03. Out there, we were at Stanford's nearly every week for dinner. We were not disappointed when we ate at the Carmel, IN, location for Mother's Day. We both had Eggs Benedict; his regular, mine with smoked salmon and avocado (minus the capers). The food was as good as we remembered it being & the wait staff was as friendly, too. I like the fact that I had several choices of tea types/flavors to choose from when I ordered hot tea, instead of getting whatever was brought to the table. We are looking forward to going back again soon & enjoying other items on the menu.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
New Kid On The Block
We were faithful Kincaid patrons and were curious to experience the new dining profile. My husband and I both ordered the Sirloin. It was cooked beautifully, medium rare and was accompanied with perfectly roasted asperagus. The garlic potatoes were a bit dry but well flavored. The mushroom demi glace was generous and well seasoned. Tampura battered shrimp accompanied the order and were hot and crunchy, a very nice addition. The bread pudding was very good, fluffy with plump raisons and a generous addition of sauce. Too, the creme brulee was very good with a creamy base and beautifully caramelized top.
The wines on the list were disappointing, lower end "grocery store brands, yet the prices reflected a higher quality offering.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Umm Umm Good
Stanford's is a upper end casual dinning spot. Their steaks are good, Fish Taco's are also good. Ribs fall off the bone.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
the ambiance of the restaurant
the ambiance of the restaurant is very deliteful.. I am impressed with the decor and the way that the dinner tables are laid out around the restaurant in such a way that the dinner guests can get a view of the outdoors. the service was prompt and the waiters and hostesses seem to be very congenial
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed excellent fish tacos
Enjoyed excellent fish tacos at lunch today. My friends were very happy with the pulled pork sandwich and delicious salmon salad. Service was very good and attentive if just a bit patronizing.
The restaurant was nearly empty at lunch, which was fine, since we wanted a quiet spot where we could talk. Service was very good and attentive if just a bit patronizing.
Kincaid's (Stanford's predecessor) was one of my favorite places, so will see how Stanford's compares. So far, pretty well.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We decided to try this one after reading about the change over from Kincaids. I had the BBQ sandwich which was great but needed more BBQ flavor and my husband had the Kobe beef burger which was simply amazing. The fries were crisp and flavorful. Our son loved the grilled cheese sandwich especially since it had no crust and the cheesy bread that came with it had a wonderful flavor. It looked so good that we had to try a bite as well.
We can't wait to go back.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice addition to Neighborhood
This was our first time to Stanfords. We had been to the location before when it was a Kincaid's. It didn't look like they had made any physical changes to the restaurant, but it still looks nice. The menu had many more choices than Kincaid's had and the prices were more reasonable. They have a nice variety of starters, salads, sandwiches and entrees. We had the smoked salmon bruscetta as a starter. It was flavorful but the presentation was different. The bread was loaded with a salad and the salmon was on the side.
My husband had the beef brisket and I had the herb encrusted sole. Both were good and they allow substitutions of sides. The service was very good, but we were there early on a week night and they weren't all that busy.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, Still very
Excellent food, Still very expensive for family dining. Laura, excellent server. Will not be coming as often as we had hoped w/ the new change.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I could eat here every day. Great for groups!! Ask for Jordan
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were happy with our food and service, although it wasn't anything remarkable.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the atmosphere. Very energetic. Great wait staff.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stanfords were having their
Stanfords were having their Grand Opening. They were giving away Cheeseburgers and French Fries to all. They were very good but the Ribs are the best at Stanfords. We also had the Bread pudding and it is as good as I have had anywhere.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious happy hour
had a great time with jordan in the bar. exquisite happy hour only isn't in effect two hours of the night. great value, great food. delicious martinis
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
GREAT NEW CARMEL RESTAURANT
Wonderful menu and great pricing. I ate outside with a wonderful view of a lake. The entire menu is appetizing, fun, and the service and presentation is very appealing. The grilled artichoke, house salad, baby back ribs, and onion rings are amazing. Great service and a teriffic atmosphere. You can't go wrong make a reservation at this hip and sophisticated restaurant.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would def. go back!
We sat outside so can't speak to the inside ambience much, but it looked nice! The bar also looked great. My husband is a picky eater and found several things on the menu he wanted to try. The food was delicious! My steak was very tasty and my husband's ribs just fell off the bone. The outdoor setting seems much more casual than inside (metal chairs/tables). Overall good experience!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty meal at Clay Terrace
We went on a Friday night and had a slight wait for outdoor seating. But the hostess kept us informed of the wait time. We ordered the shrimp and steak skewers for an appetizer which were very delicious. My favorite part of the meal for sure. Our entrees were all tasty but we'd like to come back and try other items. Flatbread pizza was good - very light. There are other restaurants at Clay Terrace we'd like to try but we'd definitely come back to this one.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My third visit to Stanford's
My third visit to Stanford's confirmed that it's not as good as its predecessor in the same chain, Kincaid's, although the menu is varied with lots of choices. My pork tenderloin with an apricot-chili glaze was tasty but very dry, and the asparagus was perfectly cooked. Unfortunately the food arrived not hot, but barely warm, indicating it had been sitting for a while. The smashed potatoes tasted reheated and were very dry also. However, my friend said his salmon with lemon butter. was delicious.
The food was pretty good, but not outstanding - better served hot!
Service was excellent - friendly and well-timed. I noticed that there were many fewer people there on a Saturday night than there used to be when it was Kincaid's.
7/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very enthused about this visit. A little expensive but perfect service (with Jordan, felt like a friend!) and a visit from the Chef made it worth it! My guests were impressed as well. Definitely recommend.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time trying
We were a fan of Kincaids but decided to try out the new Stanfords. We LOVED it. The lunch menu was awesome with amazing salads. The staff was very accommodating and changed our entrees to be gluten free. We enjoyed the wonderful Rosemary martini and spiced long island iced tea! Based on our lunch, I would rate this much better than Kincaids!!
It's a must try
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great menu and wonderful al
Great menu and wonderful al fresco dining. Our table overlooked a small lake. The food is delicious and very flavorful offerings. Try the grilled artichoke, pulled pork sandwich and chicken sandwich for lunch. Great bar and wondrful drinks. You will love the food, service, and ambience.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
will be back!
We had a great experience at Stanford's. Though the menu is a bit pricey, we felt that the kids meals provided quite a value. My 8 and 10 year olds were very happy and asked if we could return soon. The adults especially enjoyed the Baked Brie appetizer and the great service.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our party of 12 was well taken care of! Food arrived together, hot and correct! Wine flowed all night long!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Evening To Sit Outside
We have been to Stanford's a few times since the name change. The food was good not great. The service was good not great. We were not in a hurry, but had we been, we would have been out of luck. A table of 10 with children on the patio arrived 20 minutes after we did and were served before our appetizers arrived. We had the same server.
The outdoor entertainment is enjoyable, but please turn it down. We loved his music, but it was so loud. We heard several people around us had the same comment.
This is still a favorite place for drinks and appetizers. The bar is their standout.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining room quiet and attractive.
Dining room quiet and attractive. Server was friendly and very accomadating.
Only complaint is that the onion rings were much too spicy and overbreaded.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The nightly special offered
The nightly special offered was delicious and a good value. The service was prompt and friendly. I will definitely return.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good friday night out! Hamburger was cooked to order, juciy and flavorful. The surf and turf bloody mary is always tasty!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The waiter was knowledgeable about the menu, made recommendations, and even accommodated a child who wanted a side of fruit. We will be back!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and great food
Everything we tasted, had excellent flavor. Our waitress and other staff assisting her were super friendly and very attentive. Will definitely go back.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday Night Out
Went to Standfords for a Sunday night dinner during Northside Nights. The place wasn't crowded at all and was very quiet--had a nice relaxing evening. Sat by the window which overlooks the pond (and the Keystone interchange...but that's beside the point). The food was great--a lot for the money. Best to save room for dessert!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very good lunch
A group of 4 friends enjoyed a very tasty lunch, seated on the patio at Stanford's. My burger was juicy and delicious, and my friends declared their fish and chips and fish tacos were exceptional. Our server was pleasant and attentive, but letting us take our time in ordering, and we had a very nice afternoon.
9/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went on Northside nights and
Went on Northside nights and received excellent service. We ordered Prime rib and both came out looking the same. My wife ordered medium well and I ordered medium rare. The prime rib was flavorful and moist. The inhouse horseradish sauce was very good and not too strong. The creme brulee was about twice the size of other restuarants. Bar drinks prices were all around $8 and coke drink was refilled with never going empty and a new glass each time.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
An especially good deal for
An especially good deal for its participation in the northside nights promotion. The salad was large and loaded, 4 entre choices, we had prime rib (cooked as ordered) and cod with very good rice. Summer squash medley also quite tasty.3 deserts also quite good. Portions large enogh that we all got a second meal at home.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
great evening out
As usual, the food was perfectly cooked...the surf and turn bloody mary is always a great start! Great service and nice atmosphere.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Northside Nights Gem
Dined at Stanford's (FKA Kincaid's) for the Northside Nigths Menu. I must start by complimenting the restaurant on their decision to offer a bottle of Josh Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon for only $20. Brilliant! Have not seen this bottle of wine anywhere for less than $30. The Beef Barley soup made with Prime Rib was piping hot and delicious. The House Salad was fresh and crisp. Though not as good as the MayTag Blue Cheese salad that Kincaid's offered. The Baby Back Ribs have a smoky flavor that was different and distinct. Credit that to the Cumin. The house made cole slaw was full of delicious red cabbage and just the right amount of dressing! My dining partner enjoyed the Prime Rib and accompaniments. The turtle cheecake was a nice finish!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
From salad to dessert, the
From salad to dessert, the meal was delicious and the service outstanding.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to enjoy a quiet dinner, tucked into a booth :)
The food was excellent, drinks were great, and our server was extremely friendly. Due to the prices, we wouldn't make this a regular night out, but great for special occasions.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend and I had another
My friend and I had another tasty meal at Stanford's. He enjoyed the grilled prawn appetizer and cheesy bread, and my smoked chicken linguine was delicious. Unfortunately our service wasn't up to par. Our server was very pleasant but not very attentive. It took 15 minutes for our drinks to arrive, and quite a long time before our food came. The restaurant wasn't especially busy for a Saturday night, so there seemed to be no reason for the delays. But we'll go back because it's convenient and usually very good.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Really impressed with the flatbread pizza. Might be some of the best pizza around.
We will definitely be back
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quiet Relaxing Atmsophere
To get reacquainted with friends from the past, our server was very informed on selections of wine and entrees, making our evening quite pleasant. Baby Back Ribs a hit for sure!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stanford's has a new chef and it has made a HUGE difference! Food is SO much better than when they first opened! Service excellent! If you were disappointed previously give them a second try!!!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
we loved the experience
We would highly recommend this restaurant. Prices were a bit high but well worth it. We had the prime rib, calamari, fish and chips, smoked salmon Bruschetta. Even better than the food was the service. I regret not getting the servers name.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stuffed at Stanfords!
New item Nachos are FABULOUS!
Service by Catherine and Laura was top notch, as always!
Salmon , by itself or on a salad , is amazingly
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went on Thanksgiving Day and ordered the Thanksgiving Dinner - delicious. Portions were large with a very generous serving of turkey. The triple chocolate dessert was outstanding. Our server was great. This was a terrific alternative to a family gathering.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
High Quality Restaurant
I've eaten at Stanford's twice. Neither time was the restaurant busy, which is surprising as we last ate there Saturday after Thanksgiving. With it's proximity to Clay Terrace, I expected restaurant to be swamped, but it wasn't. While we had made a reservation for our party of 5, we could have walked in and gotten a table to 7:00. Love not only the quality of food, but the variety. They have everything from flatbread pizzas, to gourmet mac and cheese, ribs, fish and chips, sandwiches and steaks. Tomato Basil soup is wonderful. Service was phenominal (I believe Laura was our server's name). Wish it wasn't quite so loud as my 77-year-old father had difficulty hearing us, but many restaurants are a lot noisier.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM