The Owl at Twilight
The Owl at Twilight

The Owl at Twilight

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://theowlattwilight.com/
  • Phone: (518) 251-4696
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm


    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Sue Callanan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, 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, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Trout Brook Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Owl at Twilight
Located in the quiet hamlet of Olmstedville, NY, The Owl at Twilight brings approachable fine cuisine to the Adirondack Mountains of New York. The menu, while focusing mostly on Latin American Cuisine, is recognizable and blends many flavors and regions. Enjoy dinner in the comfortable dining room next to the fireplace or outside in our lovely screened in porch. The quaint bar is perfect too for an after dinner drink or some appetizers. Please join us for a magical evening in the mountains.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLatin American
The Owl at Twilight reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (21)romantic (19)special occasion (16)neighborhood gem (14)great for outdoor dining (8)good for groups (5)notable wine list (4)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Sommelier
    Joshagan
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Granted it was the last night of operation for this usually excellent dining experience, but the menu was abbreviated and should have been noted in the invitations sent to patrons to enjoy a night of dining and a jazz ensemble, some have menu favorites that were not present. Bobs' jazz trio was excellent, hope they visit again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attention to details and depth of flavor
    BradleyH
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Very good service and attention to detail. Mark and his staff know how to make you feel comfortable and relaxed while providing top notch food and wine. Had the Mussells and Steak which were well prepared with good depth of flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Outstanding!
    SteakAholicVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We have been to this quaint restaurant before and it's always perfect. I usually get their great steaks but this time wanted to try the fresh fish. The potato encrusted salmon was delicious. My guest had the lamb which was perfect. The mussels in tequila broth were really good and the arugula salad fresh and tasty. The house made desserts were fantastic and even the ice creams home made! There was a nice selection of wines by the glass and the pour was just right as some places pour less. If it's a nice night sit on the front or back porch. The owner Mark is usually there. He is welcoming and has a great sense of humor! Service is attentive yet unobtrusive. The bar is great to have a drink before dinner. Our favorite now in the Adirondacks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A wonderful find
    PattyC
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Tucked away in Olmsteadville, we found this gem through Adirondack Life's "Best Of" edition. The service and food were excellent! We were lucky enought to have a warm September evening and were seated on the screened in porch. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A big disappointment
    Enjoyd1n1ng
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    After the waitress wrote down my appetizer order incorrectly (and then they ran out of them in the meantime) and after 1 hour and 15 minutes waiting for our entrees, it was hard to feel good about our experience. What was to be a special evening out, turned into a sour one. The owner did give us a free glass of wine in compensation. Bad experiences like this can happen by accident, so we are not saying that you shouldn't give them a try, but be on the alert. Also, don't bother with the wine by the glass. The glasses are so small, I am sure they are getting 6 glasses or more to the bottle. Do the bottle instead.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Totally Enjoyable and Unique Dining
    Laker
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Although the prices are to the high end side, certainly for the non Lake Placid side of the Adirondacks, the food quality, service, and atmosphere make up for it. Really enjoy the unique menu. The food is creatively prepared and every single course is beautifully presented. It's not a place you would go to every week, but it would be a shame not to eat here at least once during a vacation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful meal!
    HappyDiners
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Best seafood stew (Thai style with coconut milk & lots of shrimp and scallops) and delicious duck dish! So much so that i sought out chef Sue to tell her how wonderful her creations were! Mark, the owner, made us feel very welcome and guided us toward the perfect selections. We ate in the enclosed patio, which was perfect on the early late summer night. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adirondack Gem
    CloudSplitter21
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Courteous, timely service. Exciting menu with memorable entrees.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New owl with more casual vibe
    ResilienceDiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    New owner has kept the same menu, staff, chef and decor. His shorts and tennis shoe attire sets a more casual tone than from Joanne. Food is still yummy. Had wild mushroom appetizer that needed some crackers to support the deep mushroom flavor. Got a second serving of bread that worked ok. Several of us had the various steak options and all were perfectly cooked. We ate everything and even went for dessert. Great meal. The one weakness is the wine list. The owl could use a few more $30 drinkable wines and even one or two in the $20 range. If it is going for the casual style and repeat diner, the $70 to $120 range wines are out of most diners price range unless it's a really special event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Away from it all
    miasmatic
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This place is in an unassuming little village off the main roads so we were surprised by how nice it was. The food was both creative and well-prepared and the wine list, though somewhat small, was quite good. My only quibble with my meal was the scallops appetizer in that the scallops themselves were not as good as they should have been. The owners might want to find out who supplies the scallops at BarVino, located just a few miles away, because they were superb. Otherwise, everything here was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pauline
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dishes ordered were bland and uninsp;ired. Dessert choices were limited and "boring". No espresso available.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • cruzbayman
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything the three of us ordered was excellent. I would prefer that the portions were a little larger considering the price. The flourless chocolate cake was a knockout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adirondack small town gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The newest owners of this restaurant have maintained the Arts and Crafts ambience and improved the bar area. Host was in shorts but we were shown to our round table immediately. Pleasant servers, menus aT the table and plenty of water refills. More of the delicious bread was needed for our table of 6. The "Owl" was a classy addition about 15 years ago and remains so. Quality of the food is superb, but we all grumbled at the size of the portions, particularly the hangar and skirt steak entrees. Seafood stew in a green curry was great, but needed some rice. Duck breasts w/ pancetta mashed potatoes were the heartiest entrees. Wine list is superb! Glassware is a bonus too. Pricey, but well crafted food in a relaxed, classy room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • adkdine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderful experience from start to finish. Great host, excellent food, pleasant surroundings. Definitely worth the ride.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jewel in the woods
    YankeeBelle
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We took our out-of-town guests, who are used to big city dining options, here for dinner on their last night in town. We sat on the porch, which has a lovely atmosphere. Our server was very attentive, and all of us enjoyed our dinners. It was a perfect way to end the visit. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint gem of a restaurant
    foodfunfamilyfriends
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My husband and I, our three adult sons and a very special friend had dinner Tuesday evening. I changed our reservation three times (LOVE opentable, so easy!) and we were still seated on the screened in porch as requested! We started with the mushroom and goat cheese and mussels in tequila and habanero (amazing). We tried both salads and both were very good. Peruvian chicken, seafood stew and hangar steak dinners were all excellent. The hangar steaks were ordered medium rare and were brought well done. As soon as this was mentioned the dinners were taken away with apology (free dessert too) and returned prepared perfectly. Ginger doughnuts and flourless chocolate cake yummy. The service was just right. Thanks for a delightful night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 11 reviews are from the The Owl at Twilight reviews archive.
  • Hidden Gem in the ADK
    SteakAholicVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We have only heard of this place but finally dropped in early summer. Who would have known this little place existed? While the online info says Latin American the whole menu is enticing and recognizable! While my date and I thought it might be spicy only a few dishes were and were pleasant at that. The arugula salad was fresh as could be as some of the ingredients were from the garden out back. The seafood stew had a nice Thai flavor and the lamb chops were classic. All the desserts and ice creams were made in house the server proudly stated! We came back again last week because we couldn't head back down state without another dose. I had the Chili Rellano and it was perfect and the duck was right on! This will be a regular stop for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place with a few drawbacks
    hard2please
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I have recommended this restaurant to others many times and though the food is always great the menu has some flaws - hard to go into in detail but some repetitive entrees. We prefer to sit on the porch where there are three tables for four and a large table for 8-10 and often that table is occupied by noisy diners and sometimes families with ill-behaved children literally running around. If you order wine by the glass, note that they pour on small side and in the end you are better off ordering the bottle. The wait staff - especially one young lady - is pleasant and knowledgeable. Food is always very very good and there are lots of innovative options. So in the end always return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marvelous again.
    Brian
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Have been dining at the Owl every summer for six years. Once again the meal was excellent. The "screened in porch", surrounded by the garden and woods provides an atmosphere of dining in the woods, the service is great, and the food excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A great find in the Adirondacks. A nice menu overall, and service was very good. Excellent martinis. The food itself was good, but a few things: My roast pork dish found the meat, vegetables, and potatoes jumbled together, and the vegetables themselves were a bit soggy. Also, the bread was overly toasted, sparse, and rather ordinary. Last, the deserts were OK, but lacked richness and complexity. Overall we will go back, but with tempered expectations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Steak was over cooked Chile Releno was unusual bordering bizarre combination of flavors. Bread basket was tasty but only 3 tiny pieces were given
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Began Great Ended Badly
    ClayVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Made reservations based on reviews; 1st time in this area. Experience started out great; appetizers were all very good. Husband ordered pork loin entree, I chose scallop appetizer & soup. Small dining room with approximately 9 tables of varying sizes. Small groups & couples were enjoying a nice dinner when a group of 4 was seated & then another family waiting came over to say hello but it turned into a reunion;very loud,disrupting every other table. Management did nothing and appeared these were regular customers. We had to ask for drink & dessert menu twice, seemed to have been forgotten; left for another local spot for dessert. Although food was very good there are other places to go where you may be treated better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Overall very nice. Outstanding service and friendly owner. Our party of four enjoyed our meal. Rack of lamb outstanding as well as hanger steak. Two members had appetizers for meal and it was substantial. We would dine there again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off the beaten track
    JustjessnjoyVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A bit off the beaten track but took only 20 minutes to this fine restaurant from Adirondack. The food service and ambiance were all excellent. The Chili Relleno appetizer was flavorful and unique. My duck was a different version than the usual preparation,it was tender flavorful and not greasy. My fellow diners both had the lamb which they raved about. We finished with dessert, Home made espresso ice cream and tea cake with Chili ice cream. All were delicious. The name chili ice cream does not evoke a pleasant picture but rest assured it is a vanilla ice cream with layers of flavor and a little kick! We found it a little pricey for the area which was the only negative.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    WorldTraveler
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The Owl at Twilight is small, and located well off the beaten path. Who would guess that there is such a remarkable experience in Olmstedville? We ordered 5 appetizers between 2 guests to make a sumptuous meal...we couldn't settle on just 2 entrees...we wanted to sample more. Each was a new adventure in flavor. Slightly spicy with chilis, a touch of cilantro, fresh tomato and avocado, a little unexpected sweetness from fruit...the Latin flavor of the dishes is a wonderful departure from Steak-and-Italian fare that is typical of this region. Service was excellent but never oppressive. Table settings were lovely. All this restaurant lacks is a beautiful vista. So, the food is presented to delight the eye instead.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem in every way!
    minoutia
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant -- food was amazing, service excellent, and the porch area is blissful. A true gem and a rare find for this region!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food & service
    rtjo
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    In the rural Adirondack land of Solomon Northrup (12 Years a Slave), Minerva-Olmsteadville, you find the Owl at Twilight, a wonderful surprise of a fine dining experience. The food, wine, service and ambience were excellent on a Sunday evening in June for the celebration of our anniversary. Only one other party was dining on the screened porch filled with ADK furnishings, so we had great attention from Joe(?), our server, and Mark, the owner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.