Freestone Inn

4.1
80 reviews
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Contemporary American
The Sandy Butte Bistro & Moonshine Bar at the Freestone Inn strives to deliver an incomparable dining experience by combining classic French cooking principles with the best available ingredients and diverse world food traditions to craft menu offerings designed from a contemporary perspective. Stunning lake-shore views, our vaulted ceilings and giant river-rock fireplace create a mountain dining experience you will never forget.
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BC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A very nice evening made special by the blood moon eclipse visible from our table and by complimentary champagne at the time of totality. (And we were not guests at the Inn, just came for dinner).

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AH
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good but there seemed to be a shortage of wait staff. We had 7:30 pm reservations and were the last customers to come in for the evening. We were okay with chilling since we had just come from a hike. However, it took an hour to get our wine and 1.5 hours to get our appetizer. The meal finally arrived at 9:30 pm (we were almost the last people in the dining room). Not sure why it took so long to get food (unless they were short staffed in the kitchen also) but the wait staff did not check on us or explain why it was taking so long to get drinks or food. This was on a Saturday night and the Freestone Inn was full. The bartender finally came over to help out with our food service.

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J
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

After a day of hiking in the Cascades, dinner at the freestone can't be beat! October is cusp season in the Northwest. We were staying in Winthrop, where all the restaurants were very busy on a Saturday and we could not make a reservation. But freestone was available for a 6:00 dinner with window view seating. Although the menu was somewhat limited, the food was well prepared and the portions huge. overall, a great value and experience.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The ribs are gluten free and a real treat!

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JG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This review is irritating and I can’t figure out how to dekete

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DD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

I would definitely give the restaurant at the Freestone Inn restaurant 5 stars for the location and ambiance. The weather was pleasant so we dined on their outdoor terrace which overlooks a lovely lake and is surrounded by beautiful planting beds. The scenery was stunning as the sun set on the adjacent mountains! However, the service was slow and inattentive, and the food was mediocre and disappointing considering the price. The menu was small, not very creative (once again, considering the price) and lacked a vegetarian option. The waitress delivered the food and then disappeared until we had to flag her down to ask for the check. Disappointing.

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A
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Came to town. We always eat here

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RN
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent place for a summer dinner. Out on the patio is in the shade in July, with a nice view of the pond, very comfortable, service is excellent, food fantastic.

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N
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The Freestone appears to be in a transition. For the first time since they opened, the meal was fair and service extremely slow. Not a special meal- average at best. Very disappointing.

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OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Menu selection was small. We ordered ribs; they were served with a very small serving of potatoes and no other vegetables. Our server was very pleasant and dessert was yummy!

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MT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's nice as Mazama residents to have a great restaurant so close and for visitors, it's worth the drive to Mazama! We usually only go for a special occasion as it is a little more expensive, but the menu changes regularly and the food is always superb. The timber frame dining room with large stone hearth fireplace adds lovely mountain dining experience.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoy having dining at the Freestone. The setting is really wonderful and the facility is gorgeous. The serving staff is friendly and the menu offers a wide variety of great options. Might I suggest the burger...one of a kind and really a meal for two!

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MS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thursday night BBQ buffet! Tasty, but meat heavy. Tender and melt in your mouth says the meat eaters at the table. The chipotle sauce was flavorful but not overly spicy - even good for dipping jojos. The penne with cheese was some of the best I have ever had - creamy sauce, but not too much. And, yummy Caesar salad with just the right amount of dressing - no soggy leaves!

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LT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat when xcountry skiing in the Methow Valley.

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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Love the Freestone, have been going there for years. However, this dinner was very subpar. It started when we had a reservation at 7pm for 6 people. The day before we requested a certain table, and was told they couldn't guarantee it but would try.
So, at 7pm our group of 6 arrived and was told they had us down for 2 people. I don't know how that mistake was made. So, we had to wait. We were told to go back up to our hotel room and they would call when a table opened. 35 minutes later they called us and told us our table was ready. We went down and the table we had requested was available. However, we didn't get it. We went to a different table and 10 mintutes later another group got the table we requested. Oh well. We didn't care too much about the table, it would have been nice but it didn't ruin the evening. Not having our reservation ready though,was not good and it seemed to set the tone. So when we ordered we were told certain entrees were sold out that night, which was another big bummer. We ordered out entrees and most of us had Caesar salads to start. When those arrived, fresh pepper was not offered. Again, this isn't a huge deal, but it was in keeping with the night. Anyway, the rest of the meal was fine.
The Freestone is a special place and you pay for it. When you pay that kind of money you expect a certain level of service and it just fell considerably short this evening. We all left feeling like the Freestone let us down a bit. Oh well, we'll go back and hope it's better next time.

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VM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good, and ambience fine. My main problem was that the dining room was too cold. We were there on a winter night, and they have these beautiful floor to ceiling windows. I think it lets in too much coolness, plus the dining room is just off the main entryway as well. We noticed that the hall temp was set at 74 degrees, in their attempt to warm up the dining area. However, most people, including us, were wearing heavy sweaters or jackets over their shoulders to keep warm while eating. My hands were freezing by the time dinner ended so it took away any enjoyment of the otherwise nice meal. We asked them to put more wood on their nice fireplace, which they did, but it still wasn't warm enough. We won't go back.

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K
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious, friendly service, wonderful ambiance with roaring fire, and exceptional food! So happy to see this marvelous place regain its top notch stature.

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KU
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

There were four of us dining. The roasted chicken my friend had was cooked but served ice cold. The pork chop her husband had looked good but was very undercooked and also had to be sent back..Our steaks were ok. There was no offer made to adjust our bill.

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KB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was good but the menu was very limited. I assume this was do to the off season. There were no specials either and not much for vegans or vegetarians.

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SM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amy took care of us for happy hour and dinner on Sat. 9/9/17; she was wonderful!
Breakfast also excellent and a great value for our weekend stay.

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RL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Very poor service on the night we went. From start to finish we were there three hours. Observed several tables seated after us receive food before ours. We asked three times about our meals. Have a hunch that our ticket was forgotten as our server was also tending the bar and busing tables. Excuses were made about being slammed... (only two other tables were there before us) and short staffed... (on Labor Day weekend). Several other things happened that shouldn't have under normal circumstances. After further complaining about the length of time it took to receive our food, free desserts were offered, but we really didn't have time to wait, so a discount was given (basically covered our four drinks). Since our server was also the floor manager, there was no one else on site to discuss our concerns.

The food was very good however, if it weren't such a pleasant setting and semi-remote, we were prepared to walk out. I made the 90 minute drive back the next morning to speak with the hotel manager that was not there the night before. She did a wonderful job of explaining more about why the wheels fell off the bus the night before and refunded our entire ticket.

Based on my positive interaction with the hotel manager, I am willing to give this place another shot. Again, we had zero complaints about the food quality and drinks. Wonderful location, bad service night.

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b
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We ordered Scallops and the Meatloaf. Both were unique and very good. The bees, however seemed especially attracted to the meatloaf ::-( The mashed potato with truffle oil was outstanding.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Gourmet burger as good as they get; caramelized onion a nice touch, and great bacon. My wife has scallops on polenta cakes; she's a scallops aficionado, and said they were tops. Starter salad excellent--not too much oil, well-seasoned.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

They were starting a "locals night" and thus, to our surprise as guests at the Freestone Inn, did not serve dinner. They had a new chef which was the excuse for glacial speed service, but we felt really bad spending as much as we did for lodging and being a captive audience for dinner (no other restaurants for at least 30 miles) and then waiting 2 hours for service (water and happy hour menu came early but food not for about an hour and 45 minutes. Yikes!!
Gorgeous place, very nice people, apologetic both that evening and next morning, but, hey, we could have expected better when it came to dining.

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S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Went for the sushi, but found that it was not being offered any more. So we cancelled our dinner reservation but stayed for happy hour drinks and appetizers on the deck overlooking the patio and lake. The food was nothing special. The atmosphere was wonderful. We stayed for hours, drinking cocktails, eating tough asparagus in tempura batter, enjoying the summer night. Please bring back the sushi.

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KH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We had a leisurely dinner. The pork belly appetizer was wonderful and the deep fried asparagus was good too. The lamb was cooked perfectly as were the scallops and the pork tenderloin. The side dishes were not up to expectations from the mashed potatoes to the mixed vegetables. But overall, we enjoyed the outside dining. While we waited for our service, the view was spectacular.

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ES
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

The waittress ruined our evening. Took a half hour to bring the wine and almost 40 minutes for the food which was lukewarm

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Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've become regulars and are bringing friends. I am surprised at how few of my friends know about sushi night at the Freestone, but the word is getting out, as each Thursday I go, the place gets fuller and fuller. The sushi rolls are delicious and generous. Two of them are plenty for dinner.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner. Our server was friendly and helpful.

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Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for international night (Thursday), in this case sushi. The rolls are creative and generous in portions. It's a fun way to share time with friends and one of those meals that leaves a rosy glow for hours.

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Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thursday nights are special. The chef does international night. So far, I have tried Thai and sushi. Both were spectacular. There is nothing like Thursday night dinner at the Freestone within a couple of hours' drive.

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PN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was great. Beautiful dining room. Food had some good points, some bad. Steak was undercooked, creamed spinach was tasty but most of the spinach wasn't even wilted. Lobster mac and cheese was in a very loose almost watery cheese sauce that was supposed to be made with pepper jack cheese but I didn't see a single pepper flake. Duck sausage stroganoff - sauce was tasty but noodles were tough. Seared salmon perfectly cooked but rice was dry. Overall, unfortunately, disappointing and not worth the money. I had high hopes but they were not met.

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TL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best weekends we have had. The entire staff was very accommodating, friendly and gracious. I could not imagine spending our first anniversary anyplace else. We will continue to come back here many more times. I would recommend the lodge and restaurant to all my family and friends. The food was amazing my hats off to the chef, and the bar tender was just as talented. I cant say enough good things about the Freestone lodge. Thank you all and we will see you again this summer.

Tim Vandehey

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M
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent two nights at the Inn over the weekend and had 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts there - every bite was delicious! Portions are huge so we ended up having our 1st dinner leftovers for lunch after a spin on the nordic trails.

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SR
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We ate at this restaurant because we were staying at the Freestone Inn. The food was pretty good, but not great. The salmon was good. We ate there two nights and one of the nights they seemed overwhelmed without enough wait staff. We ordered wine before dinner and were told we would have to wait for a while because the bartender had to go do something first!

I would eat at this restaurant at least once if I was staying at the Inn but probably would not choose to drive there otherwise. That said, the ambiance is lovely, in a beautiful lodge with a big fireplace overlooking the small lake and mountains.

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T
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner with fine service in a scenic and charming location.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Wonderful selection and really great food. Well presented, very tasty. Our only negative was the ambience. Maybe we hit a bad night but there was a large table of skiers who were very loud and dominated the entire space. For such a nice restaurant it was a shame that the evening wasn't all it could be because of this loud group. My concern, and maybe it's not justified, is that this is a nightly gathering for the hell-skiing crowd and therefore the noise is common.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My meal of scallops and snow peas was delicious. My husband ordered the New York steak and was disappointed because it was tough. He complained to the waitress, she got the cook, who listened to him. We did not have to pay for the steak. This is a higher end restaurant price wise so we were happy to not have to pay for a tough piece of meat.

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SM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty and plentiful. We enjoyed the appetizers as well as the entries. Scallops were cooked to perfection, yet the steak was a little on the "more done than should be" since it was a local NY cut and prone less to marbling. It was too much to finish so we took the steak pieces home.
Thanks!

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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Loved that the chef came out and inquired as to the meals.

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