Richard B. Fisher Center Spiegeltent
Richard B. Fisher Center Spiegeltent

Richard B. Fisher Center Spiegeltent

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://fishercenter.bard.edu/
  • Phone: 8457587900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Saturday–Sunday (June 28 - August 3)
    12:00–2:00 pm

    Dinner:
    Thursday–Saturday (June 27 – August 16)
    5:30–9:00 pm

    After Hours Menu:
    Thursday - Saturday (July 3 - August 16)
    10:00 pm - midnight

    Please note:
    There will be no dinner service on July 25 and August 8
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: The Fisher Center presents world-class performing arts in an architecturally bold and dynamic environment. Tickets and program information at fishercenter.bard.edu.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Richard B. Fisher Center Spiegeltent
The Spiegeltent is the SummerScape festival's oasis, a place to enjoy seasonal, local food and drink before and after performances. A variety of musicians serenade diners on Friday and Saturday evenings, while the lovely outdoor garden provides the perfect spot to relax in the company of friends and festival artists long after the curtain comes down.
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Richard B. Fisher Center Spiegeltent reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.2
  • Food3.1
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (5)special occasion (4)good for groups (4)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)romantic (3)neighborhood gem (3)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)fit for foodies (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Matches local dining for gluten free availability which is adequate but not a draw! Still cannot eat out very much!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hurried service, mediocre food.
    Miriam
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service was spotty and hurried. Starters came after 10 minutes. Plates were ice cold and had clearly been set in advance, kept in a fridge, making the food taste of nothing. We had let it sit for a bit to "thaw". We were halfway through the starters when suddenly the entrées were plonked down at our table. The waiter told us that he was just asked to "put down the plates" on our table. The brisket was dry and barely edible, good bean-salad though. The Lobster roll was OK: nice and dry (not too wet from mayo), but the side of "grilled" vegetables were pathetic. Food was OK, but nothing amazing and prices were way to high for the quality of food. These prices are expected in NYC, but not upstate NY unless it's a really good restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun dinner, great drinks
    Drshf
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Over cooked hamburger and micro-portioned brisket was outweighed by terrific chicken club sandwich and generous cocktails. It's an improvement over the usual Spiegeltent fare--a big improvement.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous
    mary
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Beautiful atmosphere overlooking Bard Campus as the sun went down, outstanding specialty cocktail, lovely wine, delicious food. Overall a special dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different
    4togo23
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We went for dinner before the "Love in the Wars" performance. Originally we were thinking of a place in Red Hook or Rhinebeck, but thought of the Spiegeltent the last minute. This was our first time and we were not disappointed. The ambiance and food were very satisfying.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    jimbo
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Service pleasant but a bit slack. Food nothing special but adequate for a bite before attending a production in the Theater.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was not very good. Our order appeared 5 minutes after ordering it. I cannot image, nor do I want to, how that could happen.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful atmosphere
    tryveg
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The Spiegeltent is such a fabulous venue that we like to dine there & catch up with friends before a show starts. As vegans, we've never expected the menu to have a lot to offer but we've made do with limited offerings. This year is disappointing. They've taken fries off the menu and offer high priced potato chips instead. With how popular and easy vegan fare is, it would be nice to see a hearty veggie burger instead of the same old portabella burger. We've always dined at the tent before but I think we'll skip it for the rest of the summer. I was okay with a salad (the salads are very good!) and fries but a salad and kettle chips? Not so much.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.3
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 22 reviews are from the Richard B. Fisher Center Spiegeltent reviews archive.
  • Pleasant experience
    Joseph
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    My wife and I had a dinner at Spiegeltent before our concert in R. Fisher Performance Art Center. The food was tasty, service was excellent and environment was very romantic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun ambiance, good food
    concertgoer
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We wanted a place to eat before the 1.30pm concert at the Bard Festival. This filled the bill excellently.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday surprise!
    IngO
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Dining and concert was a 62nd birthday gift for my childhood girlfriend and her husband. We all had a gracious time. Good food, good music and fine company. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice and unassuming
    momo
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Unpretentious, inexpensive, tasty food. Good to go to before concerts at the Fisher Center. The waiting staff is a bit inexperienced but they are very nice and they try really hard.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining option at Bard show
    IanuzzoVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Good food with Bard farm grown produce. Service was excellent and food quite delicious. If attending an event at the Spiegeleisen kent this is an nexcellent dining option. Reasonable wine list but would be nice to see more New York State wines on the list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must-see in the Hudson Valley
    Arlene
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    What a surprise! The food is delicious and the atmosphere fun! The food is well-prepared and comes from the local gardens and farms. The cultural environment surrounding the Spieleltent is not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining W/PG 8/10
    BardStrav24
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    There is a wonderful opportunity to establish a better dining option on the campus of Bard College on the occasions of the "Bard Summerscape" music festivals in August. The shows and the evening lectures begin early in the evening, and its not easy to dine in Rhinebeck early, and then get to Bard in time for the start of the programs. The "Spieigeltent" is a cabaret/nightclub. It is not a restaurant (yet). The reception and service is amateur, and I've now experienced two unappealing entrees. The sandwich menu seems adequate, but I would never recommend the entrees. Including a small folk music group during dining is inappropriate and annoying. Save it for the nightclub later.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Dinner and show at the Speigeltent for the first time. Everything about the experience was a joy. We had dinner and show reservations so the same table was ours for the evening. Service was right on and the food was delivered promptly, hot, and delicious! A must experience for anyone in the Hudson Valley seeking the unusual and great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • summer at the show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    food was very good at fair price (not just for a make do setup since this is a performance and hangout space, not a restaurant), eating there is convenient to settle in before a crowded show
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's the Spiegletent!!
    OldPirates
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    The Spiegletent at Bard is an experience onto itself. It is not possible to rate or compare the dining experience here with "traditional" dining venues. We came for the show and being able to get a good meal on site beforehand was a plus. Having put down this disclaimer I have to say that the food was better than good, interesting in its use of local products and prepared with some creativeness. The staff was exceptional. Friendly, efficient, caring, flexible - everything you want in your wait staff no matter the place. If you're going to a show at the Spiegletent, do yourself a favor and eat there before the show.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amateur
    SophisticatedinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Love everything about Bard and Fisher Center, but this restaurant needs an overhaul!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's all about the tent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Great space! Wished that an evening event would have fit our schedule. The lunch time food was pretty bad.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oresteia luncheon
    2Syracuse
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    This was our first time at Bard. We drove down for the day from Syracuse to see the matinee of Oresteia. Since we were driving back after the performance, we knew we would miss dinner and needed to have a good luncheon. We chose the Spiegeltent, because it was obviously a convenient location for people unfamiliar with the area, and because we read that its menu had items from the Bard sustainable farm. We were absolutely delighted by our experience. The food was excellent, the service friendly and efficient, and the ambience charming. We recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never ate
    Marge
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Our order for food never came and we left hungry after 40 minutes
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, fantastic atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    We were visiting Bard to attend a silent film, so chose to have dinner here. The (local/regional) farm-to-table food was excellent, and the setting/atmosphere was magical. It was a bit noisy, to be expected given the old wooden floors, but not enough to prohibit conversation. The wait staff did an excellent job serving us quickly since our event was on the other side of campus. (Be aware that film events are on the other side of campus if you dine here to allow an extra 15 minutes.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nostalgic
    Fresh1
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    I felt as if I were transported to 1940's Europe. The décor was eclectic with an old world feel, and I would have loved to stay and listen to music there. I was there for the opera, which was magnificent, but the tent was very appealing. I plan to return soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor timing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Our experience at the Spiegeltent was disappointing this time, but we have had other good meals there with fine service at other times and would still recommend it. Every place is entitled to a bad night now and then.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambience & food good-poor service
    daley
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    We chose this tent restaurant for proximity to the Bard Fisher Performing Arts center, to attend an opera starting at 7 PM. We arrived before our reservation when the restaurant opened at 5:30. Food here is good, although probably pre-prepared and assembled on site. However, after 45 minutes wait, main dishes arrived without soup, and we never saw the waiter again until we got him to bring the bill. Clearly, the restaurant was overwhelmed, although only 2/3 full. Our waiter cleaned tables while patrons anxiously needed his services. Hosts appeared to be standing and not helping the clearly overstressed waiters. Hopefully, this is a fluke but we will be reluctant to try the restaurant again with a tight time limit.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too long a wait for food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    The kitchen has serious problems, although food is good when it comes or if people can wait long enough.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique, Magical and Fun!
    holly
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Beautiful, magical setting. Curtains of colored lights illuminate the forest walkway leading up to this fantastical Belgian Spiegeltent. Stained glass windows and mirrors circled the interior walls, while the hardwood dance floor is filled with dining tables for the first half of the evening. Old world charm with retro objects sprinkled throughout the restaurant. The staff is warm and welcoming, the food delicious, the ambiance outstanding! Live music with a lively and fun quartet rounds out the dining experience perfectly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pub style food with great location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    ...if you are attending a performance at Bard this is the place for you. Basic pub style food, earnest service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food was adequate as was service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    food was adequate as was service. ambience was great. menu was boring. presentation was terrible. food appeared on the plates without decoration or just thrown on it. the cheese platter definitely needed help. ugly chunks of cheese paired with run-of-the-mill crackers. the saving grace was the tasty raspberry coulis. the salads while large lacked a good dressing and were actually limp thanks to too much oil and vinegar. the shrimp taco was bland and again the presentation was lacking. two tacos on an unattractive white plate. I wanted to like the food, but unfortunately nothing worked.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate