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About Freestone Inn
The Sandy Butte Bistro, featuring the Moonshine Bar at the Freestone Inn strives to deliver an incomparable dining experience by combining classic scratch cooking principles with the best available ingredients and diverse world food traditions to craft menu offerings designed from a contemporary perspective. Featuring stunning lake-shore views, our vaulted ceilings and giant river-rock fireplace create a mountain dining experience you’ll never forget. Now serving breakfast and lunch daily. Outdoor seating is also available.
Mazama, WA 98833
Hours of Operation:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays Happy Hour menu only from 3-8pm
Thursdays-Mondays Happy Hour from 3-5pm Dinner 5:30-9pm
Early Winters Drive off Highway 20
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free parking adjacent to main lodge entrance.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Freestone Inn Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While Freestone is in a beautiful setting and should have everything going for it , it has really struggled with the service end. I have gone to the restaurant on 4 different occasions over the years and each time there has seemed to be a service issue. This time when we arrived the "seat yourself" sign was still up even though it was dinner service with reservations and the staff seemed disorganized around where to seat people. After we were seated we were then not approached for almost 25 minutes despite there being 4 servers and about 8 tables of diners and we were pretty much out in the middle of the dining room so hard to miss.
We decided to leave but did approach the manager to let them know. They seemed horrified at what had happened and offered to comp our meal if we stayed. We agreed to stay and from then on out they were great. Food was good overall and the manager was lovely and very attentive from that point on.
The chef at the Freestone Inn is outstanding. Our dinners were delicious but even more outstanding were the breakfasts. If you live near Mazama or are looking to stay at the Inn or Cabins, don't miss out on the breakfast. Scratch-made everything from the sage sausage to the cinnamon rolls they make into french toast, breakfasts were our favorite meals of every day while we were there.
We go to the Freestone quite often for special occasions , anniversaries and birthdays.
The new chef has great food and the portions are a lot better than they have been previously.
We enjoy the outside seating and ambience of the place. Would definitely recommend it.
Fabulous lake view and superb outdoor dining area. We ordered the coffee rubbed rib eye steak and seared scallops. Both were cooked to perfection. The scallops were some of the best I have ever eaten!
My we wife loved the steak as well. We will definitely be back next time we are in the area.
A little spendy, but food is very good and service is excellent. There are great tables at the window, but the interior tables lack warmth or any ambience. For warm weather, the patio outside is lovely, overlooking a small lake. All in all, a great place to dine.
We're locals (part-timers, really) and frequent the Freestone restaurant. New management has finally put a bar in the old library and changed the menu and prices. The menu is a little thin on selections but the food we did have was good and fairly priced. Haven't tried breakfast or lunch, but we will. Thanks for giving us a "local" place to go. Service was excellent.
We've had several experiences (not good) with the Freestone and it was such a nice surprise to visit and have a completely transformed experience! Chris and JoJo have curated an incredible staff, menu, cocktail and wine list and have generated a vibe that has become a hit with locals and visitors alike! Great job! We'll be back for more of the delicious food and cocktails and will relish the exceptional service.
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