The Chestnut Grille
The Chestnut Grille

The Chestnut Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://greenparkinn.com/Divide_Tavern
  • Phone: 8284149230x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 6:00pm - 9:30 pm
    Limited Nights During Winter Months
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Steve Birgel
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Piano in Lobby Friday and Saturday evenings.
    Music on the Veranda Sunday afternoons

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Chestnut Grille
The Chestnut Grille is a casual dining room in an historic hotel setting, with an outside two-level patio for warm weather dining. The menu is presented on American Hardwood Chestnut, which has been reclaimed from the building. We are proud to announce our new Chef, Steve Birgel, who brings a delightful style of cuisine, deemed to please all palates.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Chestnut Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating2.9
  • Food2.8
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
40% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (3)romantic (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Someone is missing out
    SWC1
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The Chesnut Grille provided an outstanding dining experience for a special occasion. We were saying farewell to an out of town guest. The Divide Bar provided a great spot for a drink before dinner and the dinner was excellent in every way. The only problem--this was on a Wednesday evening following the Labor Day holiday and our party was the only one at either venue! Surprising to us!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unfortunate Experience
    Restatemom
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I wish I had read the reviews for this restaurant before we went. It was a holiday weekend and the restaurant was totally empty. We were told everyone was seated outside. There were only about 5 tables filled. The waitress brought the bread. It was a lump of hard dough - had no taste at all. They served it with butter packets. The folks sitting next to us were on their salads and you could see the distaste on their faces when they bit into it. We opted not to have dinner. The atmosphere was depressing and we were afraid to invest in dinner at this location. Too bad - I think it was once a very well thought of restaurant. The hotel also looks very run down.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Possibly a diamond in the rough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very pleasant outdoor patio seating by a fountain. Could make the ambiance a 5 by cleaning the algae from the fountain and actually running it. A "pressure washing" to remove the old oil stains would help also. This restaurant should management choose, easily could be a 5 instead of a 3 with about a days worth of work. It really could be a gem!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spice It Up
    rockmeisterVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    They had an interesting menu in the past with unusual presentations and combinations of flavors ( Romaine Tower, Chocolate Steak). No more (new chef?). Quite a bargain, though. Good trout special for 17.99 with salad and a side; the trout tasted fine, but was unseasoned and could have really used some fresh parsley or herbs, capers, salt, pepper, something to liven it up. I like the nod to the historical setting. The waiter was obviously a student without great training.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating2.8
    • Food2.5
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 34 reviews are from the The Chestnut Grille reviews archive.
  • We will come back again.
    Raywms
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    WE come here every year on our Anniversary and my Birthday. WE shall return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely setting and service
    localfoodie
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The Chestnut Grille in the recently restored Green Park Inn was lovely and the service was goos, but there were few people there, so I don't know how it would be when busy. The food choices were limited but interesting. The food itself was presented attractively, and the entrees were steaming hot. However, the food itself was quite bland. The bread was plain white bread served cold with butter too cold to spread. The cherry tomatoes in the mixed green salad were hard and cold and impossible to spear with your fork. The chicken pies and black-eyed pea cakes were tasty enough but not delicious. The mashed potatoes were tasteless. The elegant old Victorian inn deserves food with more outstanding, distinctive flavors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No food no service
    luvfood
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It was my daughter's graduation dinner. There were 5 of us. They have us 3 rolls. We had to order more. They took our drink and food order. Our drinks came. Our tiny little salads came. 20 more minutes no food. 40 more minutes. No food. 60 minutes no food. 2 hours later no food. We left. We made multiple inquiries to no avail. Worst dining experience EVER!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great venue, not so great food
    CarolinaGirlVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We want the Green Park and Chestnut Grill to succeed. We are so thankful that the inn is being slowly brought back to life as it is a much needed return to mountain elegance in Blowing Rock. However, the restaurant needs attention. Recently we dined on a Sunday and ordered the advertised Green Plate Special. The meatloaf was bland and served less than warm. The accompanying veggies, mashed potatoes and steamed spinach, tasted ok but were served cold. The accompanying salad was wilted and served with watery dressings. Our waiter, while he tried, was obviously not trained well for his work. The Sunday evening music events are the perfect vehicle to build support for the restaurant. Sadly, the CG is missing a wonderful opportunity.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Place for a winter evening
    BankwalkerVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Chestnut. it was a cold winter evening, and unfortunately the restaurant was basically empty. Nonetheless, we had a delightful meal. The bruschetta appetizer was fantastic - warm and with a wonderful cheesy taste on very crisp bread. Our server was very knowledgeable and steered us to great selections. My Caesar salad was superb. I had the New York strip, which was cooked to perfection. My wife had a wonderful chicken entrée with roasted carrots and red onions. Both were delicious. We topped off the evening with a chocolate mousse dessert and some chocolate and cherry ice cream. The mousse was great! The chef here has a wonderful menu, and it needs more community support. Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should give it a Second Chance
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    We went of a very cold foggy night and were the only diners. Crispy Fish and Chips were very good, crispy and tasty. The Peppercorn NY Strip Steak was excellently prepared but a little chewy. Accompanying Onion Rings were excellent. The layered vegetable lasagna was good and made for a very filling meal. Would try them again on a busier night when the kitchen is in their groove.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gem inside of a gen.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    The Chestnut Grille is tucked away inside of the beautifully restored Green Park Inn. To get to the restaurant, you have to see the Inn---so you get a double treat. Both are wonderful. Great chef and excellent wait staff. These folks do "dining" right. Quiet, romantic and historical setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good choice in the Blowing
    twtwVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Very good choice in the Blowing Rock area. A little pricy, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fall getaway
    GeorgeC
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Good food, good service, good value Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perhaps an off night?
    brlocal
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    I really wanted to like this restaurant. . .Love the old dining room and history of the place BUT it did not live up to any of the positive reviews I read. Maybe the award winning chef was off Friday night, but it was one of the busiest weekends in the High Country and even so, the dining room was maybe a little over half full during prime dining hours. So being hugely busy was not an excuse. I ordered the salmon medium rare. It was overcooked but worse than that, it tasted "off." I had my friend try a bite and she agreed. We notified the waiter and ordered something else which came fairly quickly. My friends had pulled pork and the steak--steak was "tough" and the pork was average. Too much competition out there doing a much better job. .
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible Food
    jethro
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    I found Chef James again. I am ecstatic to have founfd where Chef has brought his culinary expertise. I had the signature chocolate steak and it brought me back to the days when he was at Crippens. Same delicious taste, in a new location. He has expanded the menu and has a wide variety of choices. Two in our party broke our no mountain seafood rule and ordered the seared tuna. It was perfect. My wife didnt want me to post because she is worried we will have a harder time getting reservations. I'm taking the chance because these guys deserve all the accolades they recieve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first time at Chestnut Grille
    PAB1199
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We enjoyed the food at Chestnut Grille very much. I have never had a better restaurant pork chop...ever! My wife loved her trout. The bread and spread was a good start, the salad and dressing was very good, and the main course absolutely delightful. The dining room is well managed with plenty of service staff, but it appears some are a bit "new at this..." Our wine was a slight disappointment...for several reasons, but overall an adequate glass. We had a prime seat; it was quiet in a busy dining room...one of those islands of calm. The dining room is at the same time dark (wood) and too bright (lighting glares a bit)...but the total effect is a very nice place to have a dinner for two or for a larger group. Moderate $$ and good value
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service.
    boonegirl
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Absolutely delicious. Flavorful but not too heavy on sauces, etc. Highly recommended!
    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.
  • Pleasant Surprise in Blowing Rock
    bamafan
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We had 6 people and that ordered a variety of offerings ranging from salmon to pork chops. Each entree was fresh with flavorful sauces and nice side items. The shrimp cake appetizer was also excellent. There was live piano music that was very enjoyable. Service was excellent. The ambience was somewhat formal, but were dressed fairly casually and we felt comfortable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • skip the fish and chips
    rockmeisterVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    The inn is historic and the owners have tried to keep it authentic - this results in a rather dark, but pleasant, dining room. Could lose the dark red paint, though. The Front Porch Cabernet is a deal at $5 a glass. We began with the lump crab stuffed squash blossoms which were dynamite. The Caesar salad was very good as well as the pecan crusted trout; my wife thought the sauce too sweet, though. The loser, therefore the moderate rating, was the fish and chips. WAY too much batter around thin filets of flounder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    This was our 5th visit, and unfortunately, each has been more and more disappointing. Our first visit about a year ago was the best, with great food and service, but each subsequent dinner has been less and less enjoyable to the point of no return. On this occasion, our wait person knew little about the menu and was obviously very inexperienced in general. The manager who attempted to assist with wine selection wasn't helpful either. The entrees were very disappointing both in quality and quantity. The "Chef's Own" chicken pie had an excellent crust, but little else. The other entrees, including a special for the evening, were equally unappetizing. This is very sad because the hotel has tremendous atmosphere and potential.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Wonderfully diverse menu, reasonable prices, generous portions, extensive wine list. Service, including drink refills, replacing used utensils, table visit from manager and prompt food presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent in preparation
    Richard
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    Food was excellent in preparation and presentation. Staff was responsive and attentive. Definitely worth a visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Read about the new restaurant in this historic hotel and was disappointing. Had the lamb, which didn't taste like lamb. Service was good and the 100+ year old hotel is a nice setting, if you like old.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You Should Try It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    The menu has been revised and the restaurant is much less "fancy" than last year. Food is very good with reasonably priced items. They do have some "fancy" specials, but they are pricey. The regular menu is great. This is a very historic place and it needs to succeed! Try it and I think you will go back and it may become one of your "regular" spots in BR.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fair dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Restaurant is in a restored historic inn and has potential, but there is no ambiance, service was okay and food was just fair.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will be back!
    Louise
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    This was our first visit to The Chestnut Grille but will not be our last! The setting in the historic Green Park Inn was lovely, location very convenient, food delicious. We were very pleased with our experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    Upon arrival we ordered a bottle of wine. After ten to fifteen minutes we had to remind another waiter and it was finally delivered to our table with our salad. Although the restaurant was less than half occupied and with ample wait staff the service was slow and unimpressive. Also, the restaurant appeared "tired" and outdated.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Even better than expected.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    We used to eat at Green Park from the 50's to the 70's and very much enjoyed our return. We shall undoubtedly be back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef continues to excel
    CarolinaGirlVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Our second visit to CG provided excellent food once again. However, the wait staff continues to need seasoning. We had guests who both enjoyed the steak, saying flavor and preparation were both excellent. I had the chicken with bruschetta, and my husband ordered the pork chop. Both were delicious with grilled asparagus. The waitstaff is friendly, but they confused the orders and served soups and salads in an odd sequence. Continued training will improve the service, and Sharon (the manager) seems to be on top of the development of her staff. The breads are delicious with different kinds arriving with a bean spread. I suggest offering butter along with the breads for those patrons who do no care for a hummus type accompaniment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finding such extraordinary
    LuLu
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Finding such extraordinary combinations, everything FRESH & sensational !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well on their way (-:
    CarolinaGirlVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Our first visit to CG was good. The food was excellent~oriechetti with beef, trout, and pork chops~ and presented well. The breads were delicious with a wonderful spread included. While the wait staff is somewhat inexperienced, they will get to the level expected at a restaurant of this quality. The manager is friendly and checked on our table frequently. She is an asset. The restaurant is a much needed addition to the list of eateries in Blowing Rock. It is well on its way to being a favorite as we live in the area. We will return and have already booked reservations for a second visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    I honestly didn't know what to expect and was hesitant about the reservation. But I am so glad that we went. The food was great and so was the service. I will definitely go back and especially to support such a landmark in Blowing Rock! Well done.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Excellent Evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    The hostess invited us to enjoy the outdoor terrace, but a walk thru the dining area revealed a comfortable setting which we look forward to on another visit. The wait staff was great, with the right combination of attention and friendly advice regarding menu and drink selections. Our party of four sampled two different appetizers which were large enough to easily share among us. We each chose different entree's including one of the evening's specials. Our bar drinks and wine selections were quite good and enjoyed with an assortment of 3 different breads. All entree's were well presented and absolutely wonderful! Delicious desserts completed the meal perfectly, and we are now excited to have a great new restaurant in Blowing Rock!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Evening in the Mountains
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    The restaurant is in the historic Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock. I ordered the mushroom soup and Caesar salad, both of which were outstanding. I really enjoyed my seared tuna with an Asian influence, but our friend had the best entree of the evening---pecan crusted trout. Most of the diners were on the main floor. We requested a half-level up, which gave us more privacy. Overall, our meal, service and evening as a whole were superb. (BTY, Marilyn Monroe, Henry Fonda, Henry Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt have been guest at the Inn.)
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50 th anniversary
    mbboggie
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    This is a quite romantic place to go for a nice quite meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad. The food was very
    twtwVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Not bad. The food was very good and the staff tried hard. They just seemed a little out of sorts. I wanted it to be better. The dining room lighting could use a closer look.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DINNER EXPERIENCE
    TOMW1
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Excellent location / ambiance. Hostess was very helpful, knowledgeable of location history. Service was attentive / excellent. Unique presentation of local food selections. Food preparartion good/ very good. Worth additional visits.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Did not live up to expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Overall not impressed. Food was average at best. We were told they were having a special on the appletinis for $5 but they charged us $10! When I called I mentioned that my wife was celebrating a birthday, and do you do anything special? The woman on the phone said she could get a dessert. I assumed that was for free, however they charged for that too. They did not have a drink menu, nor a very basic alcohol that I ordered, or even a blender. Not a well stocked bar! Salmon was overcooked, and the lamb special was NOT special. No need to venture back to The Chestnut Grille, and we are sharing our views with our friends.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet