Equus @ Castle Hotel and Spa

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
‹MICHELIN GUIDE 2020 ‹The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal
Situated on sprawling hilltop acres overlooking the Hudson River, the main tower of Castle Hotel & Spa forms the highest point in Westchester County. Castle Hotel & Spa is a medieval-style structure that was meticulously transformed into a luxury hotel, offering guests royal-quality service and luxurious guest rooms.

Guests will enjoy sumptuous, award-winning meals at Equus Restaurant. Uniquely New American- inspired cuisine based on locally sourced ingredients using the finest quality and freshest ingredients are experienced at Castle Hotel & Spa.
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DA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite spots in Westchester. Service is outstanding and food is incredible. Every time we eat here there is something new on the menu - my mojitos was amazing, as was the expression martini! Will be back soon!

IE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Staff was super helpful and accommodating. This place was fantastic.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We waited 40 minutes to be seated for a 7pm reservation; unacceptable. The hostess didn’t tell us there was a bar, we had to ask and sat ourselves there to wait. There were 2 different menus, one for the bar and one for the dining room. The prices for the same wine were more expensive for the dining room (eg. $20/ glass at the bar for a glass of red and $23/glass in the dining room). When we asked the bartender why the prices were different he admitted they charge more for wine in the dining room and that it was “shady”. We were finally seated in a room with just 10 tables, and unfortunately were limited to a prefixed menu. We disclosed a few food allergies and asked about the ingredients of a few dishes, our waiter seemed confused and said he didn’t know what was in the dishes and that he would get our waiter to help (wasn’t he our waiter?). Another man came and listed the ingredients. We ordered a bottle of wine and while waiting for it the busser came by and asked us if we wanted some wine and seemed confused when we told him we had already ordered wine. When we received the bill my husband frowned noticing an error. When he questioned the waiter about it the waiter barely glanced at the receipt and insisted it was correct several times. My husband pushed back again, he was trying to tell the waiter the bill was only $43 and should have been closer to $450. We were trying to pay MORE than the bill reflected! The waiter silently took the check and silently dropped the correct one back at the table. No “thank you” or apologies for the confusion...

It felt like this was opening night at some random restaurant. The staff seemed amateur, no one was communicating with each other or knew the ingredients of an 8 item menu, and we waited far too long considering we had a reservation. That said the steak was exceptional and sea bass cooked perfectly. We won’t be back.

JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The staff made our Valentines weekend a memory we will never forget. Thank you for the warm hospitality and great service. We will definitely be back.

GF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Took wife for Valentines. Made reservation weeks in advance. Was called by a woman who said I had to pay weeks in advance. $169 pp No mention of what it covered . Was told prix fix 4 course meal. She did not know the menu. Lovely building . Excellent food. Waiter with poor command of English . After finishing, got up to leave. Was tracked down in hall by another waiter saying the one glass of wine my wife ordered was extra. He said tip was included but not the alcohol. That glass of wine cost over $29.00. Whole episode reminded me of humans being shuttled in by robotic staff like we were cattle. I have eaten in fine dining establishments with advance payments but alcohol was always included. In fact, many times the dinners were to pair courses with certain wines. Will likely not return to the Tarrytown Castle.

A
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming surroundings. Very nice staff who anticipated our every move. Highly recommend.

DH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of four went to Equus for my husband's birthday. The food was excellent & the atmosphere was very relaxing. We really enjoyed the experience. This was our first time dining there but we will definitely go back.

IS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent as well as the service. We had a family birthday dinner. Great experience.

f
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Bread was meager slices of rye. Salad portions were much to small for the price and when asked to be shared were brought to the table for us to split ourselves, same with dessert. Main courses were not memorable

WL
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I should have read the reviews before booking. Now I see I'm not alone in having a disappointing recent experience. Poor service seems to be a theme among reviewers. We booked for lunch. The place was almost empty. No one was there to greet us, the service was awful, the prices were high and the salad/appetizer portions were appallingly skimpy give the prices. Duck confit was an interesting main dish and nice portion. Same with the burger. I agree with the reviewers who said the Michelin star should come down. Even if it wasn't rated I'd have been just as disappointed in the overall experience. We had to hunt for the closets to fetch our own coats! The valet was friendly and helpful. There's no reason to return.

VM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service amazing... ambiance was perfect for date night... service was great, very attentive.

JG
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is simply divine. The waiters and host were super kind and friendly. They answered any questions we had. This was the fist time I brought my husband to the Equus. We had been raving about this place for a few years and for him the food was beyond his expectations. The Equus is the epitome of fine dining.

DM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant and special. Atmosphere is truly enchanting. Food is spectacular and staff is amazing.

LM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Greta Food. Great service. Our waiter, Damien, was the best!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

おススメします。
サービスといい、お食事といい、ロケーションも素晴らしいです!

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DK
New York Area
143 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My friend Rosa and I enjoyed a cup of tea, scrambled eggs with roasted potatoes and sausage. The ambiance was lovely. It was quiet in the room although they placed in the side room and not the main room where I have had breakfast/lunch before. Our server forgot to give us milk for our tea and butter for our muffins...but we asked him for it and he did get the milk and butter for us. Besides that everything was fabulous.

HB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Serving staff excellent. Man at checkin desk couldn't get our name right. Food very good. Lovely views of Hudson

AT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We were here for NYE dinner. Let me say that this has been the worst experience I have had in a restaurant of this caliber and price point. Service was non existent where the table was never assigned a server; although someone eventually took our order. Plates would come out without silverware for all of the 4 courses. Empty glasses remained on the table, we were never offered any drinks or refills of water. A table next to us had to get cutlery from the table near by. Ample amount of associates and not a single adequate moment of service! Couple that with a very loud chef who kept screaming profanities to the point where I had to speak to the manager made this a deplorable experience. Never again will I step foot into this establishment and you should bother either. I picked this restaurant for NYE over Inn at Pound Ridge and L’escale and lesson learned - should have went to them instead.

ES
Mexico City
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Equus tried valiantly to put on a first class 5 course extravaganza with wine selections paired with each course. While the New Year’s Eve menu was impressive in print and the food choices and quality were excellent, the “wheels came off the event” because their dinning room wait staff did not have a clue what wine went with what course... red wine came with my wife’s sea bass and a white with my beef. Frankly, a $590+ meal, with tax and tip, was quite disappointing... oh, tip was not optional which I find a little “tacky” to say the least.

O
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable. The food creative and delicious. I was so impressed the chef came up and spoke to me about my food allergies, assuring me I did not need to worry. We did not feel at all rushed, just a lovely, leisurely dinner. The winter decorations added to the ambience. A wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary.

JF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely Christmas setting. Views at sunset were breathtaking. Food was excellent but meal was buffet which took away from dinner-ambience. Staff was very attentive but not intrusive. Food was down a short but twisted hallway in a room probably not meant for food service. No list of foods at table, so somewhat difficult to know all choices (eggs and waffles made fresh if ordered with waiter) and drinks were extra. Overall a lovely experience but VERY pricey!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The service was incredibly poor. People not knowing what they’re doing, zero sense of manners or elegance. It felt like a tourist trap. The food was supposed to be good, it was a very average buffet including a dry sorry interpretation of a Coq au Vin. I don’t mind paying any price for a nice elegant meal but $300 for 2 people for this was an absolute joke. It was a Christmas Day lunch and I thought they would make it very special. Terrible.

WF
Miami
80 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was there for Christmas Eve Dinner, a $125/plate 4 course dinner. I chose the consume for my first course. The broth was barely warm, which totally ruined the dish. I told several people, including the chef who came to the table at the end of the meal. None seemed particularly bothered by my complaint.

For the second course I chose the quail, which was inadequately seasoned and slightly undercooked, which made the meat rubbery.

The entree was lamb, which was a very nice dish, I can’t remember the dessert, but it was nice as I recall.

Overall very disappointing. They seemed ver l’aisay fairs about the entire experience, including the 30 minutes it took to get a pre meal cocktail

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so fortunate to have The Castle in our back yard. My go to restaurant with out of town guests.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We have been to Equus several times so I booked a family brunch without hesitation. Unfortunately, our experience was disappointing. I reached out to Equus before posting this review. However, they have not contacted me to discuss.

Although there were very few diners in the dining rooms on the day of our reservation, we had issues with service. Once everyone in our party of ten arrived the waiter asked if anyone would like champagne or wine. We wondered if that was the only choice so asked if we could get beer or cocktails. We were told yes. We ordered. We waited. We waited some more. After 30 minutes 3 - 4 of the drinks arrived. More waiting. We asked about the rest of the drinks and were told they’re coming. More waiting, 4 more drinks arrived. More asking, more waiting the last drink arrived. Finally we could toast to the holiday season and new year!

Although the food was good, the overall experience was not what we expected from Equus.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great and beautiful place! Love it

KD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service for a special occasion. We went there for my 30th birthday. The service was incredible, they knew my wine order and kept my glass full (as I wanted). The food was exceptional. Cooked perfect and good sized portions. Worth the money for sure. I had the short rib gnocchi and my husband had the duck. We ordered the mushrooms on the side. Everything was excellent.

FD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous meal! House made bread...Wagyu beef and house bacon appetizers...roasted vegetable salad, blood orange scallop ceviche...phenomenal duck and fillet mignon...everything was spectacular!

PG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for our wedding anniversary, the staff couldn’t have been more pleasant, informative and helpful without being intrusive. The food was so delicious- local and fresh as well. Superb. What a fantastic evening. I will definitely be back- and bring friends and family. Thanks again for a very memorable evening.

GS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent
We sat out in their 4 seasons room
Great view of the Hudson
Good was very good!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice breakfast!! Actually enjoyed it more than the buffet for brunch.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The castle itself is absolutely breathtaking. Everyone was very nice. We arrived early to have a drink in the hotel and unwind. It was so silent. No one offered to take our coats. We had to ask. We went into the bar area, and were the only ones in there. We had to ask where a bartender was as no one was present. There was really no ambiance which was disappointing. The Christmas decorations were lovely to look at, but it was just so quiet. I felt that our waitstaff was attentive and sweet, but not looking for conversation. It felt like a strange experience. Dinner was delicious. I wish the experience had been better all around.

MC
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended the Thanksgiving dinner at Equus. The menu was excellent. The food was hi quality, really well prepared, flavorful and tasty. The service was superb. The space is elegant and comfortable. Definitely recommend it!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific time! Great staff, food and service!!

S
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Scenic comfortable ambiance to make any occasion memorable. Paired with beautiful food plating that taste fabulous to complete your experience.

CJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a nice meal...nothing overly memorable. The prices were very high and I feel like with such a beautiful space the food should be a bit more amazing...yes my standards are high! Also I arrived a little early thinking i would have a glass of wine in the bar while I waited...unfortunately there is no bar. The staff did bring me a glass of wine on the sofas though which was appreciated!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience. I have honestly never had service at such a high level. The bartender and staff were always checking in on us. Very quiet, personal and exclusive atmosphere. The price was also reasonable - I actually couldn’t believe how low the bill was for the food I had (note I live in Manhattan and I’m used to “city” prices so this felt like a steal). I’m definitely making the trip back up here at least a few times a year.

J
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent. Service was slow. Waiter said I’m sorry numerous times. Service was not upto par for a fancy restaurant.

O
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a phenomenal time celebrating our dual anniversary event!! The staff was responsive and attentive to our needs. I will recommend the Castle to all of our friends for their celebratory events.
Regards

OT
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First the hostess lie to us saying they were no other places available because of reservations The restaurant is not made for group, got very loud. But the manager, seeing my wife not happiness, change us places and from there our evening was save and food was great.

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